Buccaneers’ Demar Dotson: Team got too confident after Week 1 praise
After a strong performance in their opening game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a trendy upset pick for their trip to Arizona. Instead, they got obliterated, and one of their players thinks it’s because they let the praise go to their heads.
“I think we just put too much into a win,” offensive lineman Demar Dotson said, via JoeBucsFan. “You know, we had a lot of people praising us over the Atlanta game, over one game. And I think maybe that maybe we just had too much praise over one win. It’s just one game. That’s the highs and lows in the NFL. We can get too high over a win, or get too low. And I think we got too high over a win. And we got humbled real quick.”
Center Joe Hawley and wide receiver Cecil Shorts both agreed that the team practiced poorly in the leadup to the 40-7 drubbing.
“A lot of times you win the game before you go out there with your preparation, and we did have a lackluster kind of practice this week,” Hawley said. “So we need to know as a team we need to put the work in during the week and come better prepared for the games and not make those mistakes that we made.”
It was a bad day all around, as the team also lost a key player to injury. This could either serve as a wakeup call or a downer to this Bucs team, and how they respond will tell a lot about them.